FCC unanimously approves "white space" use

The FCC on Tuesday approved by a unanimous vote the use of unlicensed frequencies in the radio spectrum for devices such as laptops and cell phones after the switch to all-digital TV signals next year. The measure was a controversial one, with many broadcast and entertainment-related groups raising concerns that the use of the so-called white spaces would interfere with existing broadcast channels as well as wireless mic transmissions.

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